Woman in-the-mirror: What do you see?
Woman: Of course, my face! What else could it be? My face as it has always been.
Woman in-the-mirror: Look carefully. Look and examine from top to bottom. Tell me what you see.
Woman: Okay, if that’s what you ask for. Let me start with my hair. Its color has faded a little. Root dyeing won’t be enough. Hair dye doesn’t last as it used to. Either they are of poor quality or it is more difficult to cover the white hair. I think the latter is true. Its style is as it has always been. I have it cut exactly the same. This is what looks the best on me. (The woman is quiet)…I may have a different haircut next time. I may even change its color, why not? A layered cut might look good. I can have a thin piece of the hair in front dyed into purple or duck head green. Let it wash away fast. I can go to the hairdresser more frequently just to have them dyed. Yes, the idea of changing my hair is very appealing. Thank you.
Woman in-the-mirror: Now look at your forehead. And your cheeks.
Woman: I see no problem in my forehead. It hasn’t got wrinkled because I don’t use my mimics much. It will be nice though if I reshape my eyebrows a little. My cheeks are also fine except for a few scars of old pimples or acnes. I cover them with foundation crème.
Woman in-the-mirror: What about your lips?
Woman: My lips have always been pale. This is why I don’t step out without lipstick on. The indents on both sides of my lips have become deeper, yet I don’t what to have botox or filling there. Let them be so. I think my lips are getting thinner. Let me check my youth photos. Of course, how thin they have become! It seems that is because of ageing. I am afraid they will be two thin lines when I am eighty years old. Nah, they are okay now. Let me not have them swollen as bit by a bee.
Woman in-the-mirror: Your neck?
Woman: You shouldn’t have asked about my neck. That is my soft spot. Can’t you see the jowl right here? (The woman moves the sagging skin beneath her chin with her fingertips)Look how it is! I should have it operated as soon as possible, should have that piece of skin cut and removed. Let me ask Safiye her doc’s name. The man made her look at least twenty years younger. No flaw on her face. But poor Nermin couldn’t be better after she had her eye bags removed. She now has the look of a dead fish. The bottom eyelids retract down. And her surgeon was a very famous one. Believe me, I can’t look into her face while talking to her because she will notice I am looking at her retracted eyelids. I should learn who Safiye’s doctor was urgently.
Woman in-the-mirror: Only your eyes are left now. Come on. Look at them.
Woman: I know my upper eyelids are sagging. I am well aware of it. Please don’t touch me on the raw.
Woman in-the-mirror: Look right into your eyes, nowhere else.
Woman: I don’t have any other flaws. Don’t insist.
Woman in-the-mirror: I am not looking for flaws. All I ask is to look INTO ME.
My hair entangled with seaweed
Hosting a crab
My skin is grey-white
A hole in my right cheek
Through which my teeth appear
My lips are closed tightly
The words consumed long ago
The most horrific part of my face
Two pitch black holes
Deeper than the night
Woman: When did the storm cease? I haven’t noticed.
How black is the sea at night!
Woman in-the-mirror: The moon is about to rise
Phosphorescence will dance playfully on the surface
Whether we see them or not
This is what has happened
This is what will always happen
Let your soul rest now